Slash 1988

Mark Weiss

Slash photographed by Mark Weiss 

Printed on Archival Fine Art Paper

13"x19"

Hand Signed by Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss is an American rock and roll photographer. In 1973, 14-year old Mark made a deal with his neighbor to cut his lawn all summer in exchange for a 35 mm camera. While still in high school, Mark snuck his camera into concerts, making his way up to the stage to shoot. He developed the prints in his parent’s bathroom and sold them for a buck a piece.

In 1977 Mark was arrested for selling his photos outside of the Kiss Concert at Madison Square Garden and spent the night in jail. The next day he walked into the offices of Circus magazine with his portfolio. The timing was perfect. The art director needed Aerosmith pictures. Mark’s first published work was a centerfold of Steven Tyler in 1978. Soon thereafter, Mark was hired as staff photographer for Circus, shooting covers and features. Fast forward a few years and Mark was shooting Kiss, Steven Tyler, Ozzy and other rock legends in his studio, just two blocks away from Madison Square Garden where it all started.

Mark developed relationships with musicians and their managers, becoming immersed in creating the visual imagery of the rock and roll scene through his photography, art direction and video direction. Mark traveled around the world photographing tours for Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Guns ‘n Roses, Kiss and Bon Jovi, while creating album covers such as Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry. 


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